August 21, 2015 |
WANT AN EASY $200? Borrow a tow truck and put up a no-parking sign. Then watch the bucks roll in from people like Samantha Zeno. She lives with her husband and four kids on Richmond Street near Lefevre in Bridesburg. It's up the block from the defunct Philadelphia Coke Co. - an overgrown, 67-acre former riverfront coal refinery that's uninhabited except on nice weekends when drunken teens get hammered in its jungle. Midway down the plant's fenced-in Richmond Street boundary is a gated entrance that locals say hasn't been used in decades.
August 18, 2015 |
They did not chant his name, or give him a standing ovation, or stay out in the heat for an extra two hours just to say they saw him rumble into the end zone against a defense loaded with hangers-on and roster fodder. They did all those things for the man who followed him. Matt Barkley jogged onto Lincoln Financial Field in relative silence, his entrance into the Eagles' 36-10 preseason victory over the Colts just the opening act for Tim Tebow's return to the NFL, as if Barkley were an acoustic singer-songwriter warming up the crowd for the E Street Band.
August 17, 2015 |
One in an occasional series The nation's future cyber sleuths are in training in a third-floor classroom in Drexel University's Bossone Hall. Even as security breaches make headlines - the alleged Chinese hack attack on the U.S. government's federal personnel records in June, the compromise of 1.1 million Neiman Marcus credit cards in January - Kapil Dandekar's wireless network security class practices hacking into and defending make-believe information networks and communication systems.
August 16, 2015 |
Merck & Co. has cut 1,950 jobs in the first six months of the year as part of two cost-cutting programs announced in 2010 and 2013, and the near-term pain might not be over. When the massive layoff rounds overlap, the accounting can be more complicated. That was evident in the quarterly statement filed by Merck with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Merck said in the SEC filing that 1,210 jobs or vacancies likely will be displaced via one program in the last six months of 2015.
August 11, 2015
ISSUE | SHALE TAX Levy means job loss It is dangerously misleading to ignore the fact that even higher energy taxes jeopardize jobs ("How Pa. can get severance tax right," Aug. 2). Responsible shale development is driving a petrochemical rebirth, specifically at Marcus Hook. Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East 2 pipeline is expected to support an estimated 30,000 construction jobs, generate nearly $62 million in tax revenues, and provide $4.2 billion in economic activity. In addition to the more than $2.3 billion in taxes paid by the natural gas industry since 2008, Pennsylvania imposes a shale-gas impact tax that's generated more than $850 million since 2011 for communities throughout the commonwealth.
August 11, 2015 |
SAN DIEGO - Odubel Herrera wasted little time extending his season-high, 12-game hitting streak. He took the second pitch he saw from San Diego starter Andrew Cashner yesterday and ripped it into rightfield for a single in the opening inning of the Phillies' 5-3 win. In his third at-bat, Herrera took Cashner a little deeper - his sixth home run of the season landed deep into the second section of seats beyond the rightfield fence at Petco Park....
August 9, 2015 |
Statistics in Friday's employment report from the U.S. Labor Department point to an economy humming along nicely: Employment was up by 215,000 jobs in July, with hires in nearly every major sector. The unemployment rate stayed the same at 5.3 percent. Employment numbers from previous months were revised upward, indicating more growth. But the statistics don't do much for housing supervisor Marian Gwadera, 55, who, on July 31, lost his job overseeing janitors at 2116 Chestnut St., thereby becoming one of the nation's nearly 8.3 million jobless.
August 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama has nominated former Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County to become undersecretary of the Army, the branch's second-highest ranking civilian position, the White House announced Wednesday. Murphy, a Bucks County Democrat who represented the Eighth District from 2007 to 2011, was the first veteran of the second Iraq War to be elected to Congress, where he sat on the Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Trained as a paratrooper with the Army's 82d Airborne Division, Murphy spent seven months in Iraq, starting in 2003, where he served as a convoy commander and lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
August 6, 2015
I'M JUST BACK from a week's vacation in North Wildwood and I'm happy to report there are still American college and high school kids working at jobs like servers in restaurants and life guards in a water park we visited. Sadly, they are vastly outnumbered by an annual influx of foreign workers,mainly from Russia and surrounding central European countries. I don't think this is a good thing.I believe it plays into the great debate we're having over the manner in which legal and illegal workers are undercutting the American worker.
August 4, 2015 |
One in an occasional series Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn't get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. "I thought about going back to school," said Martin, of Glenolden, taking a break from work at the University of Pennsylvania's newest dormitory, the New College House at Hill Field. Up on the scaffolding, Rocco D'Angelico, 59, said he managed to keep working as a bricklayer during the recession, but now he's looking toward retirement because of "all the aches and pains in my bones.